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County Executive Leopold Applauds Multi-Agency Efforts to Bring Commercial Property into Compliance

Consent Judgment Entered and $20,000 in Fines Paid to County

Annapolis (May 19, 2009) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today applauded the efforts of the Department of Inspections and Permits’ Zoning Enforcement and Code Compliance divisions, in cooperation with the Office of Law, to successfully collect $20,000 in fines from a Glen Burnie junkyard operator.

"Our inspectors, investigators and attorneys have worked hard to force this illegal business to clean up its act," County Executive Leopold said. "This fine is a major step, and the County will continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to correct the violations."

The fine was the result of a Consent Judgment that will bring the commercially zoned property violation into compliance. The property owners are also under an order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the portions of the property where environmental contaminants were found. Numerous trees were cleared to make room for salvaged vehicles, and a protected wetland was filled in by the defendants.

American Auto and Truck Parts, Inc., located at 7930 Solley Road in Glen Burnie, has been cited for multiple zoning and grading violations. The defendants illegally operated an automobile and truck dismantling and recycling facility without the required zoning approvals. They also graded and expanded the operation without proper grading approval.

In addition to $20,000 in fines, the defendants must now apply for and diligently pursue all required zoning and grading approvals required to perfect and continue the operation of an automobile and truck dismantling and recycling facility. If the approvals are not obtained, the business must close.

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